Growing up as an expat in Southeast Asia, I was mindful of the blessings my family had. But as a child I felt powerless to do anything. It left me uneasy, like i could never do enough to help or give back.
Now, as a mother, it is especially difficult to think of families - and children in particular - struggling to make ends meet from below the poverty line. When putting food on the table means having to choose between shelter and basic necessities.
Fortunately, empowerment is real and I can use Emaan Home as a platform to make a difference.
According to a joint global study by UNICEF, WHO, and the World Bank Group in 2014, of children under the age of 5 years old:
- 159 million are stunted (too short for his/her age because of impaired growth)
- 50 million are wasted (too thin for his/her age because of inadequate calories and malnutrition, and faces an immediate risk of death), and
- 16 million are severely wasted.
In each of these categories, more than half of these children live in Asia, while one-third live in Africa.
Aligned with our Scandinavian principles of simple, back-to-basics living, is the core belief that everyone - every child - is entitled to the basic necessities, like food, water, shelter, and hygiene.
Emaan Home has partnered with NGOs in the Philippines to sponsor a School-based Feeding Program at Maimpis Elementary School in San Fernando, Pampanga.
The program is conducted by the Department of Education and Department of Social Welfare and Development, as part of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals to improve the nutritional status of malnourished children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old.
Approximately 120 malnourished children are fed a nutritionist-approved meal at their school two to three times a week. Meals are balanced and usually include rice, meat, vegetables and dairy.
Each child is weighed before and after the feeding program, and a nutritionist evaluates their growth and nutritional progress.
At the same time, affected families are educated about health, nutrition and hygiene. They are taught how to prepare nutritious, wholesome and affordable meals to maintain their childrens' nutrition after the feeding program ends.
Emaan Home dedicates a portion of every purchase towards the sponsorship of this Feeding Program in the Philippines, without any added fees to our customer. We simply deduct a portion of our sales to pay for the program.
This way you can always feel good about your purchase.
Now isn't that a luxury we can all afford?
*UNICEF, WHO and World Bank Group. (2015). "Levels and trends in child malnutrition. Joint Malnutrition Estimates."